Convicting the Innocent
DNA Exonerations Database

Frederic Saecker

First Name Frederic
Last NameSaecker
Year of Conviction1990
Year of Exoneration1996
State of ConvictionWisconsin
Trial, Bench Trial, or Guilty PleaTrial
Type of CrimeRape
Death SentenceNo
Gender of ExonereeMale
Race of exonereeWhite
Description / Quotes from Testimony Concerning Defense

Missing transcript of defense case

Did the defendant testify at trial?Yes
Types of evidence at trial
  • Forensic Evidence
Type of Forensic Evidence
  • Hair
Types of Flawed Forensics
  • Vague
  • Valid
Brief Quote / Description of Testimony

Testimony that hairs were "similar" to those of defendant.

Identity of eyewitness
  • Intraracial Identificaiton
  • Victim
Lineup Procedures
  • Lineup
Suggestive Procedures

No identification at trial

Unreliable Identification?

Yes ● Identified defendant at line-up by his “general build,” but did not see attacker’s face ● Non-identification at trial – stated could not identify him by appearance

Quotes from testimony #2

"When I was looking through the lineup, I was going by the figure that I saw, the shadow that I saw, in the house."

Highest level reachedAppeal
Claims Raised During All Appeals and Postconviction
  • Brady
  • Jury Instructions
  • State Law Evidence Claim
Harmless Error Rulings
  • HE
Citations to judicial opinions


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